Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, promote relaxation and well-being, and as a recreational activity.

The word comes from the French massage “friction of kneading”, or from Arabic massa meaning “to touch, feel or handle” or from Latin massa meaning “mass, dough”, cf. Greek verb μάσσω (massō) “to handle, touch, to work with the hands, to knead dough”. In distinction the ancient Greek word for massage was anatripsis, and the Latin was frictio.

Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, or feet.

In professional settings massage involves the client being treated while lying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair, or lying on a mat on the floor, while in amateur settings a general purpose surface like a bed or floor is more common. The massage subject may be fully or partially clothed or unclothed.

Massage Therapy Relief

  1. Tight muscles and cramping

    If you suffer from tight muscles and occasional cramping massage therapy can eliminate your pain.

  2. Depression

    It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that massage therapy can be effective in reducing the symptoms of depression.

Massage Therapists

Margaret Hartmann, LMT, CCA

Meet Margaret Hartmann, LMT, CCA Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Chiropractic Assistant. Meet Margaret, a Licensed Massage Therapist at NW Family Wellness.  She’s been practicing since 2005 and has been enjoying every minute!  Practicing ma

Joyce Olson, LMT, CST, CCA, Reiki Master

Meet Joyce Olson LMT, CST, Reiki Master “In learning about  health from a  Holistic perspective, physical, emotional, and spiritual, and when given the opportunity,  I believe we have a great capacity to heal.   I bring together many years of 

Julia Martin, LMT, CCA

Meet Julia Martin, LMT, CCA Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Chiropractic Assistant “I fell in love with bodywork and find my career incredibly rewarding. I’ve had a chance to witness so much healing in peoples bodies since I started an